Monday, February 21, 2011

'Brain Implants' Help Psychiatric Disease

The coincidence is too interesting; my earlier post on the link to the Finnish study on the history of brain implants was chilling enough, and here we have, in today's mainstream news stream from Yahoo, an article on brain implants to "zap" as they say, psychiatric disease.

Many diseases are treated under this brain plant umbrella; with psychiatric diseases it's tricky:

Psychiatric illnesses require a similar operation — but surgeons must implant the electrode into a different spot in the brain.

There's the rub: It's not clear which spot is best for which psychiatric disease. In fact, two manufacturers — Medtronic and St. Jude Medical — have begun major studies of DBS' effects on depression. Each places the implant in a different region, based on promising pilot studies.


Trying brain pacemakers to zap psychiatric disease - Yahoo! News

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